The romanticized version of what it's like to be a philosopher must be one of the most appealing careers possible: read great thinkers, think deep thoughts, and while away the days in a beautiful office, surrounded by books, an Emeralite lamp, a hot mug of coffee, and perhaps a cat curled up by your feet. For the very few, your profound thoughts could revolutionize whole fields, herald new political ages, and inspire generations.Well, if you're an atheistic philosopher, you carve out a career in the fast-food industry. If you're a theologian [Christian philosopher], you never lack for meaningful work.
Of course, for many, academic philosophy proves a disappointment—an endless slog to publish, the tedium and heartache of departmental politics, and a dismal job market that tends to send people to far-flung college towns, far away from family and friends.
So what is a budding philosopher to do?
Thursday, July 10, 2014
What Do Philosophers Do?
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